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visit our website or download them from itunes. on april 2, 1917, should that reagan was sworn in as the first woman to the u.s. congress. to celebrate here is a brief look at her life and career. >> the story of women in congress begins with her. she was from montana. she was elected to the house for years before women have the right to vote nationally. in a way, she is really a bridge from the suffrage movement to women obtaining full political rights. in a national women's suffrage organization. she helped women get the right to vote not only in montana but a couple of states west of the mississippi.
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runs in 1916, she is part of montana's two large districts. she is a pacifist. and the housen, has come into special session because the president that night, woodrow wilson, delivers a message to congress asking for a declaration of war against germany. this was the u.s. entry into world war i. , when the vote is held, is one of a group of about 50 members who votes against u.s. intervention in world war i. she was on the women's suffrage was on the public lands committee, an important assignment for a woman from so much of the land
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being held by the federal government. term ands only one tries to run for senate in montana but does not get the republican nomination. she runs as an independent and gets about 1/5 of the vote. she goes back to private life and is involved in women's rights issues. she is a driving force behind the maternity and infancy at which the house eventually passes in 1921. she is also involved in international peace organizations. fast-forward to 1940. she runs for congress again and runs on a platform to keep the europe, of the war in and she faced on december 8,
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1941 a tremendous vote. this is after pearl harbor. fdr has addressed congress. >> yesterday, the summer seventh 1941, a date will live in infamy. >> the senate goes back to its chamber and quickly unanimously passes a war resolution and the house begins debating and the house members know rankin is a pacifist and she is going to vote her conscience. histories oforal you were in the chamber who are called members asking her to vote present and not vote no. but she is the lone vote against u.s. entry into world war ii. that effectively ended her
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political career. ,he goes back into private life but she is a force in the antiwar movement for another couple of decades. but a remarkable career. >> in 2004, we commissioned a new portrait of rankin. she is a person who is so important in the history and expansion of rights and representation in congress. when we commissioned it, we wanted to show what it was like to come into congress as the first woman, when women do not even have the right to vote nationally. 1916, 1970 when she is elected and enters congress, there is a lot of newspaper coverage. because she is a woman and something of a novelty, a lot of the newspaper coverage is what she was wearing. so we know exactly what she was wearing. the portrait shows her in that navy blue dress, and we know she was wearing a big hat.
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we know exactly what "the washington post" said, and she is holding "the washington post." she is placed in the portrait just outside the chamber doors. if we were to enter into that space with her, she was just about to turn to her right and enter the chamber, at which point she would take off her hat a lot because they were not worn in the chamber, even though there was much discussion of, as a woman should she wear a hat because it is a formal attire? but issue not a woman but a member of congress? they decided she was more a member of congress then her gender. she takes it off. all of those things we wanted to put in the portrait as well as the sense that she was in the house, but much more a creature of her other interests as well,
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pacifism, suffrage, all of the issues that were important to her. it was a somewhat lonely spot to and a the only woman taking these stands the put her at odds with other people. time onweek in prime p.m.n, monday at 8:00 eastern, former senior adviser to president barack obama valerie jarrett on her time in the white house and future clients -- future plans. >> i want to continue to be a force for good. we just made public today that i will be a pro bono advisor to the obama foundation and i am very interested in what he can do. eastern,y at 8:00 p.m. dr. ezekiel emanuel on his latest book. we are going to get rid of of0 hospi. taking health care t the institutions and delivering
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it in other facilities. a big part of transformation. >> wednesday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, personal profiles of president trump cabinet including rex tillerson, jeff sessions, rick perry and nikki haley. >> we will show our strength and not be afraid to stand up. we will follow through with our actions and make sure that is known. i don't think we will be shy about the values of america. >> thursday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, we will continue with the personal profiles of president trump am including betsy devos, ben carson and scott pruitt. >> states need to enter into agreement about water issues. >> friday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, maria shriver and positions testify before the senate committee on aging about research on curing alzheimer's. >> i believe getting more women
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into clinical trials could possibly lead to the cure for all of us. >> next week at 8:00 p.m. on c-span. >> this weekend on the presidency. discuss the relationship between alexander hamilton and george washington at the new york historical society. here is a preview. >> i want to read you a quote from hamilton. people have often taken two quotes i think out of context. one is at one point he says "washington was a great shield for me," and immediately if you are a jeffersonian, you say, see, he used washington. at one point in hamilton's relationship with washington, washington says to him, i want
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you to come see me immediately. hamilton says yes. marquisinto the lafayette and stops to chat for a while for this young and charming fellow. washington is curious. he says, you kept me waiting for 10 minutes and hamilton says, i only kept you waiting two minutes and they argue about it. unrelenting in his disapproval and hamilton is furious. he writes to a man who would be his father-in-law, "i always disliked the office of having a kind of personal dependence. for three years past i have felt no friendship for him and have professed nun. -- none. our dispositions are the opposite of each other and the pride of my timbered and would
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not suffer me to profess what i did not feel." i have an 18-year-old son who says the same thing about me on a regular basis. [laughter] >> watch the entire program sunday at 8:00 p.m. and midnight eastern. this is american history tv, only on c-span3. tv,ext on american history heebner --thy huebner focuses on the civil war era and the

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